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  •  I should remind people on this... (4+ / 0-)

    A great deal as to why a number of New Democrats are the way they are is because of their constituents, not just because of who they are or whatever pressures they get from the national Democratic Party.

    However, that being said, Colleen Hanabusa is pulling Jean Quan here by being a long-time Democrat but not being a Democrat enough in that her actions are not representative of what we look for in Democrats.  As your other diary pointed out on Hanabusa's hypocrisy, arguing anti-environment stances in Hawaii, no matter what island, is not cool and insensitive to the culture.

    I really don't expect every single Democrat to be 100% progressive given that we still have to retake the House in 2014.  Look at Tim Ryan.  He's pro-life but absolutely liberal on just about everything else and more of a fighter than Harry Reid is.

    First off, Democrats MUST win back the House and keep control of the Senate in 2014.  That's mandatory for the national security of this country.  We'll get plenty of folks who will help President Obama further economic aid and efforts and we can always challenge Democrats across the board if we have to after they are elected.

    And no, I don't think we're going to get a lot of Mark Pryors in the House or Senate.

    •  Not necessarily (0+ / 0-)

      Some of these New Dems come from areas that went for Obama and there is no need to pretend to be Republicans to get the vote:

      Here's a list of the New Dems and the percentage of the vote Obama received in each of their respective districts in 2012:

      Ron Kind (WI-03), Chair 55%
      Jim Himes (CT-04), Vice-Chair 55%
      Rick Larsen (WA-02), Vice-Chair 59%
      Allyson Schwartz (PA-13), Vice-Chair 66%
      Gerry Connolly (VA-11), Vice-Chair 63%

      Ron Barber (AZ-02) 48%
      John Barrow (GA-12) 44%
      Ami Bera (CA-7) 51%
      Lois Capps (CA-23) 54%
      John Carney (DE-At Large) 59%
      André Carson (IN-07) 63%
      Joaquin Castro (TX-20) 59%
      Jim Cooper (TN-05) 56%
      Joe Courtney (CT-02) 56%
      Susan Davis (CA-53) 61%
      John Delaney (MD-06) 55%
      Suzan DelBene (WA-01) 54%
      Eliot Engel (NY-16) 74%
      Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) 54%
      Bill Foster (IL-11) 58%
      Joe Garcia (FL-26) 53%
      Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01) 70%
      Denny Heck (WA-10) 56%
      Rush Holt (NJ-12) 67%
      Derek Kilmer (WA-06) 56%
      Dan Maffei (NY-24) 57%
      Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) 51%
      Carolyn McCarthy (NY-04) 56%
      Mike McIntyre (NC-07) 40%
      Gregory Meeks (NY-05) 91%
      Jim Moran (VA-08) 68%
      Patrick Murphy (FL-18) 48%
      Bill Owens (NY-21) 52%
      Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) 56%
      Gary Peters (MI-14) 81%
      Scott Peters (CA-52) 52%
      Pedro Pierluisi (PR-At Large)
      Jared Polis (CO-02) 58%
      Mike Quigley (IL-05) 66%
      Cedric Richmond (LA-02) 75%
      Loretta Sanchez (CA-46) 61%
      Brad Schneider (IL-10) 58%
      Adam Schiff (CA-28) 70%
      Kurt Schrader (OR-05) 51%
      David Scott (GA-13) 69%
      Terri Sewell (AL-07) 72%
      Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09) 51%
      Adam Smith (WA-09) 68%
      Juan Vargas (CA-51) 69%
      Filemon Vela (TX-34) 61%
      Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) 62%

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